Steven W. McLaughlin
Steven W. McLaughlin received the B.S. degree from Northwestern University in 1985, the M.S.E. degree from Princeton University in 1986, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Michigan in 1992, all in electrical engineering. His doctoral research was in the area of source-channel coding with applications to high density magnetic recording channels. He has held positions at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Eastman Kodak Co., and Booz, Allen and Hamilton. From 1992-1996 he was on the faculty of Rochester Institute of Technology. He joined the School of ECE at Georgia Tech in September 1996.
He received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) and the National Science Foundation CAREER award in 1997, and the NSF Research Initiation Award in 1993. His work has also been supported by Calimetrics Inc., ETOM Technologies (formerly Optex Communications), General Electric, Harris Corporation, Western Digital Corporation, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the National Storage Industries Consortium (NSIC). He holds 16 US patents and has 7 pending in the area of modulation codes for optical recording.
He served as the Publications Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory from 1995-1999. He was jointly responsible (with Ramesh Rao at UCSD) for creating the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory Digital Library and has co-edited (with Sergio Verdu) Information Theory: 50 years of Discovery (IEEE Press, July 1999). He is also a board member of the IEEE Publications Activities Board which oversees all publications at the IEEE. He is a senior member of the IEEE and a member of the Optical Society of America.
His research interests are in the area of communications and information theory. Specific interests are in turbo and constrained codes for magnetic and optical recording, error control coding, and source coding (quantization and compression).